Fibroids, endometriosis, and other gynecological problems can be diagnosed using a procedure called diagnostic laparoscopy. The procedure involves using a specialized camera to allow the doctor to see inside the patient's body. In some cases, the problems can be treated during this procedure. Because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure than traditional open abdominal surgery, it offers advantages such as quicker recovery times.
What Is Diagnostic Laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is a tool used for diagnosing and treating several different conditions by actually looking inside the body with a specialized camera. There are a number of different types of laparoscopic procedures, such as:
- Laparoscopic appendectomy (removal of the appendix)
- Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder)
- Laparoscopic hysterectomy (removal of the uterus).
This article will discuss diagnostic laparoscopy, which is a procedure used to look inside a woman's abdomen.
A diagnostic laparoscopy offers patients many advantages over traditional surgery. With laparoscopy, patients usually have shorter hospital stays and quicker recovery times, because it is a simpler, less invasive procedure.
Possible Findings During a Diagnostic Laparoscopy
There are several conditions involving the female reproductive tract that can cause pain, discomfort, and/or abnormal vaginal bleeding. Laparoscopy can be a very effective means for evaluating these conditions. Furthermore, depending on what is found, it may also be possible to treat the condition using a laparoscope.
It is impossible to list all of the possible conditions that could require exploration and possible treatment with a laparoscopy. However, common gynecological problems evaluated with a laparoscope include:
- Pelvic adhesions
- Ectopic pregnancy
- Pelvic or ovarian masses, such as ovarian cysts
- Infertility and sterilization.
Your healthcare provider will be able to describe to you the suspected reason for your symptoms and any abnormal findings associated with them.